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Gender equity, key to national development- Don

A Professor of Educational Psychology, Usman Danfodiyo University, Sokoto, Aisha Madawaki, has identified gender equity as panacea for growth and development of any organised society.

Madawaki said this while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Sokoto on Thursday on the to commemorate the 2017 International Women’s Day.

”For any development to take place in the society, there has to be gender equity,” Madawaki, also a former Commissioner for Women Affairs in the state,’’ she said.

She stressed the need for women to be given more responsibilities alongside the men in the affairs of the country and the world at large.

”Women are very peaceful, understanding, patience and can endure hardship. They are also easily contented and less corrupt than men.’’

The don, who is on sabbatical leave to the state Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education, Sokoto, noted that women in the country had comparative advantage in terms of entrenching democracy.

Madawaki said that records showed that 54 per cent of registered voters in Nigeria were women.

She, however, expressed concern that ‘’a very insignificant number of them are holding elective positions and appointments across the nation.’’

“In Sokoto State, there is no single woman councilor, chairman, state or federal lawmaker.

”Majority of the appointments in senior government positions like Directors and Permanent Secretaries, are held by men.”

Madawaki, commended the three tiers of government for taking women along, but stressed that ‘’women are not looking for equality, but equity.’’

”It is high time women participated fully in politics and other sectors in the country.”


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